Monday, December 19, 2011
Whisper's Sister outran her 19-1 odds to win the 1-mile, $110,000 Enchantress Stakes (R) for New Mexico-bred 2-year-old fillies at Sunland Park on Sunday.
Ridden by Kelsi Purcell for owner Joe P. Milam and trainer Paul Smith, Whisper's Sister closed off of the fractions of :22.98, :47.27, and 1:12.99 established by pacesetters Srita Minister and Quinton's Doll Who and covered her eight-furlong trip in 1:40.87. The gray or roan filly's margin of victory was a half of a length from Quinton's Doll Who, and the $66,000 winner's share of the purse pushed her bankroll to $78,479.
Whisper's Sister was bred by V.J. Callaway of Hobbs, New Mexico, and the filly became the 20th stakes winner sired by Ghostly Moves, the New Mexico Horse Breeders' Association's Thoroughbred stallion of the year in 2008. A winning 19-year-old son of the Mr. Prospector stallion Silver Ghost, Ghostly Moves ran second in Tejano Run's 1997 Widener Handicap (G3) at Hialeah Park in Florida, and his 169 starters have earned more than $8.8 million.
Whisper's Sister is also one of three winners from four starters foaled by the 15-year-old Corwyn Bay (IRE) mare Corwyns Special. The filly traces back to her fourth dam, Nevada Lark, a winning 1970 foal by the Indian Hemp stallion T.V. Lark who ran second in the '74 Alameda County Fillies and Mares Handicap at Pleasanton, California.
Whisper's Sister was a $6,200 buy at last year's New Mexico-Bred Yearling Sale at Ruidoso Downs. The filly has won two of nine races, including a 5 1/2-furlong maiden claiming ($12,500) sprint at Zia Park on October 4.
Capote's Charm finished third, two lengths behind Whisper's Sister. Super Stormy, Texas Hottie, Pregame, 6-5 choice Hot For You, My Kinda Pretty, Tee Ell Cee Teras, and Srita Minister completed the order of finish.
Runner-up Quinton's Doll Who is a chestnut daughter of the Carson City stallion Quinton's Gold campaigned by S.E. Stevens, Sammy Stevens, and Kenneth Thomas. The filly has won one of six races and has banked $59,439, and her record includes a third-place finish to Our Flying Angel in the October 30, $152,720 New Mexico Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes (R) at Zia Park.
Capote's Charm sold for $3,000 at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton Texas Summer Yearling Sale at Grand Prairie, Texas. Racing for Mario Alvarez, the chestnut filly by the Capote stallion Aeneas was coming off of a 3 ¼-length win in a 1-mile, $29,900 maiden special weight race at Zia Park on November 27. Capote's Charm has earned $30,330 from seven outs.